The White House has today lambasted Mitt Romney's criticism of the Obama administration following the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Romney was "factually wrong" in his claim that a statement sent out by the embassy had sympathised with the attackers, a White House spokesman said.
He described the claims from the Republican presidential candidate as an attempt to score political points during the election campaign.
President Obama vowed to do everything possible to protect Americans overseas as he honoured the four killed in the Libyan consulate attack.
Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney know how they respond to the spread of violence across the Arab world could affect their election hopes.
Mitt Romney has attempted to score cheap, tawdry political points in the wake of the worst attack on the US diplomatic service in decades.